Sipping top-ranked beers with your favorite yoga community. Cycling the countryside, past Dutch-style windmills. Floating down charming canals with your beer yogi pals. Exploring the beer-filled market square of the capital city of Europe. Maybe even enjoying a Trappist beer right outside the abbey.  

On this magical beer yogi holiday in Belgium, you'll follow a path of evolution as told through world-class Belgian beers- from old-world abbeys to hidden backroad pubs to a brand new craft scene. 

JOIN US 14-19 OCTOBER 2018

  photo courtesy of Danijela Djureinovic

photo courtesy of Danijela Djureinovic


 
 
  photo courtesy of Danijela Djureinovic

photo courtesy of Danijela Djureinovic

3 nights in Bruges

Inside the city walls of this UNESCO city is a rich history with well-kept Gothic architecture, cobblestone streets, swan filled canals, and tiny hidden backroad beer haunts. 

You'll set up with the beer yogis at a simple but storied local traveller's inn with a popular craft beer bar- the perfect setting to share life stories and rounds of beer with locals, fellow travelers, and your own beer yogi pals. You'll even have the unique opportunity to invite those new travel friends to flow with you at one of our onsite yoga sessions! 

By day, you'll explore the town and surrounding villages by foot (or bicycle!) You'll begin learning about Belgium's rich beer history...while enjoying Belgian beers and discovering your new favorites. Get ready to soak it all in during our 3 night, 2 day stay in this tiny little 'Venice of the North.' 


2 nights in Brussels

If Bruges is Belgium's past, Brussels is it's future. The capital city is also the seat of the European Union, creating a cityscape that is one of the most vibrant and important in all of Europe today. 

You'll enjoy two nights of 4-star hotel comfort a bit outside of the bustling city center and main square of Brussels. From our hotel, you'll be a lovely 20-minute walk into all the action, and you'll also be right near a bus station, giving you freedom to easily explore Brussel's diverse neighborhoods and local art scene. (Into comics? Or have a dire need to see where Audrey Hepburn grew up? You need this trip.)

Your activities in Brussels will include more yoga and beer experiences, some outdoor moving meditations, and plenty of free time to spend the last few days of your travels soaking in exactly what you need (more beer, please.) 

 

  photo courtesy of Kayla Grise

photo courtesy of Kayla Grise


  photo courtesy of Danijela Djureinovic

photo courtesy of Danijela Djureinovic

Build your own perfect holiday: a sweet base package with just as sweet add-ons. 

This holiday was crafted for you, with an intention that it be as accessible as possible. Europe isn't cheap, but with days of research, first-hand testimonials, and a little creativity, we've been able to build a base package that can be 100% beer yogi approved!

Registration pricing for this trip will start at our base package, and you'll have the option to add on any perfect extras for you. Some have financial investment, some cost only your time and sense of adventure! You'll be able to choose how many roommates you'd like. Choose how many beer tours you want to go on. Wanna spend an afternoon biking the countryside? Or hiking the path of a two-mile long underground beer tunnel, the first of it's kind in the world? You can do that! Or, you can choose to spend your free time sitting quietly under the shadow of a thirteenth century belfry. (You can also climb the 366 stairs to the top of that belfry, if that's your jam...)

Questions? I'm always at melissa@balanceandbrews.com! 


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(Do any of these sound like you? More than one? ALL OF THEM?! This could very well be the right holiday for you!)

  • you are a beer drinking yogi (of legal US drinking age.)
  • you have a mild to moderate to off-the-charts sense of adventure.
  • you respect diversity. in fact, you crave it. 
  • budget v. luxury: you can roll with both. (probably because you respect diversity so much.)
  • cultural immersion and learning about the locations you visit is important to you.
  • you want to meet new people and try new things.
  • you're open to change, compromise, and growth.
  • you like beer, french fries, and/or chocolate.
  • you have a passport. and you're free this October.

Other considerations:

How many times in life might you be given the chance to enjoy a private group canal ride through a charming little 'Venice of the North?' Cross an international border on bicycle? Hike the path of a two-mile long beer pipeline? Venture into rural Belgium to find Trappist beer direct from the source? Practice yoga with an international crowd in an international craft beer bar?

 

more about where you'll sleep

In Bruges, you'll stay in spacious and simple double or quad rooms (all single beds, bunk in quad rooms, each room with a private bathroom) at the Snuffel Traveller's Inn & Hostel, a non-profit inn and international gathering spot. We chose this setting for it's mission, it's location, it's onsite Belgian beer bar, and the opportunity it will provide to easily connect with locals and fellow world travelers. It also, literally, has some great writing on the wall- check out the photos!  

In Brussels, you'll enjoy 4-star hotel comfort at the Renaissance Bruxelles. All rooms will be shared, double occupancy, with choice of shared king or two twin beds. We selected this hotel for it's location- a bit outside the noisy tourist hustle. We'll be about a 20 minute walk from the busy central Grand Place, and the hotel is right on a metro line. 

 

 

more about where and how you'll practice yoga

B&B founder Melissa's grounding style and ability to create safe space in unconventional places will ensure you can find your trans-Atlantic holiday yoga flow.

In Bruges, you'll practice every full day we're in town, utilizing a multi-purpose entertainment space at the Snuffel for daytime flows. Our schedule will include 90-minute yoga blocks, with a dedicated 60 minutes to physical asana practice and additional time for silent meditation or self-study/journaling. Practices in Bruges will be Monday-Wednesday.

In Brussels, you'll utilize gym and public space for 60 minute morning asana practices. On our final full day in Brussels, weather-allowing, we'll practice an outdoor walking meditation.

With all B&B travel, we also put a heavy emphasis on being a yogi off the mat. Travel is a time when the lessons you learn on the mat can shine as you live and lead by example, with the whole world as your audience. Movement and consistency are important, but so is allowing yourself the freedom to explore that sometimes under-valued yogic life off the mat. 

In other words, if you don't want to practice asana (the poses) every or any day of your vacation...don't! Go get out and explore and grow- we fully support you. 

 

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You work hard for your money, and you're wise about how you spend your time. And man, we respect that. So here's the rundown of exactly what you can expect. And if you have questions at any point, email melissa@balanceandbrews.com. I'd be happy to schedule time to chat it through with you!

 
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  • 3 nights lodging (simple hostel/traveler's inn, shared rooms with single beds, ensuite bath, wifi) in Bruges
  • 2 nights (4-star, double occupancy, shared or solo bed option, wifi) in Brussels
  • One way ground transportation (train) from Bruges to Brussels
  • Daily hot & cold buffet breakfasts
  • Group welcome meal and a round of beers on Sunday night
  • At least one guided beer walk, includes beer tastings 
  • Service gratuity for any inclusive or add-on options (not included for any solo or small group outings)
  • Daily yoga and meditation practices 
  • A swag bag of B&B goodies to support your trip, including a travel journal, a bar of beer soap (for your hostel stay!) and some surprises!
  • Group leader support for travel or yoga questions/needs
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  • Airfare and any ground transportation into Bruges. You can find more info on flight requirements and options below. 
  • Lunches and most dinners. (A Sunday night welcome meal is included in base package.) In such a diverse and varied culinary scene...we want you to have the freedom to seek the food experience that suits you.
  • Personal, medical, or trip-cancellation insurance.
  • Souvenirs, purchases, hotel incidentals or extra services.
  • Sloth-sightings. I can almost guarantee you will not see a sloth in Belgium. However, I CAN almost guarantee you will see a swan. 
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After you secure your spot with your non-refundable deposit, we'll send you a packing list and all kinds of additional welcome information and goodness over the next few months. But one thing to think about now: really consider your experience. Think about the right package for your budget, but allow yourself to splurge on the things you value most. Maybe that splurge is claiming all the free time for yourself, or maybe it's saying ok to that once in a lifetime add-on your gut tells you you just can't miss. If you're present and listen to your needs, we promise you'll walk away from this trip understanding yourself and your place in the world a little more.

Arrival info! You'll need to arrive into Bruges on Sunday, October 14. Our retreat will start in the evening with a group welcome dinner. Full arrival specifics and directions into town will be sent in your post-deposit welcome letter.

 Cleveland beer yogis, when pricing flights, consider flying into Amsterdam or Paris and connecting via rail to Belgium. Also check out NYC area airports for great European deals- you may be able to find a cheap deal domestic flight from CLE and match it to a kickass trans-Atlantic deal from the east coast. Or, for additional budget airline options, check options out of Detroit or Pittsburgh. General questions or concerns? Yep, you can find me at melissa@balanceandbrews.com!

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One last thing. Did you know French fries aren't French? We'll talk all about their Belgian roots as we eat them. In Belgium.

Special thanks for the input, expertise, and photos from B&B staff Danijela Djureinovic and Kayla Grise and our pal Brad